• Fault Lines by Emily Itami is a brilliant, modern love story. Set in Tokyo, it revolves around Mizuki, a Japanese housewife, who has a hardworking husband, two adorable children, a beautiful apartment … and a crushing sense of loneliness. But then she falls for Kiyoshi, and it soon becomes clear that she is living two lives – and that she can choose only one. Phoenix • We’re all about love this month, obvs.
• Jodi Picoult’s Wish You Were Here is all about how life happens when you are making other plans. In 29-year-old Diana’s case, that involves a promotion and flying off to an exotic island in the Pacific, where she knows her surgeon boyfriend is going to propose (hint, boys, don’t hide the ring in the sock drawer). But … Life! And Covid! Halfway through this book you’re hit with a massive twist, and then they just keep coming. Loved it. Hodder & Stoughton
• To Italy With Love by Nicky Pellegrino is another lovely, light, book club read. Two girls – both with not-the-best love history – meet in a romantic mountain town of in Italy. Where – obvs – love wins! Orion.
A chateau in Provence. Fresh from London and a recent cookery course, Alexandra arrives at the chateau where for one month she’ll be looking after three children. Three silent, rather hostile children, she discovers on her arrival.
A boy and two girls, badly in need of some love, attention, and an English education. But Alexandra has always loved a challenge and feels equipped to deal with most things life throws her. But what she is a good deal less sure about is whether she’ll be able to cope with their father – an impossibly good-looking, entirely unsuitable French count with whom she is trying very hard not to fall in love. Katie Fforde’s A Wedding in Provence … the perfect, perfect Valentine read. Penguin
Where The Grass Is Green by the fabulous Lauren Weisberger (author of The Devil Wears Prada) revolves around Peyton, a high-profile anchor for a morning news programme, who’s an American darling and can do no wrong. Until her husband is arrested. The charge? Admissions fraud … a payment (read bribe) to get their daughter into the best college. Off go Peyton and her daughter to hide out with her sister in the suburbs, hoping that the scandal will die down. It’s all glamour, and gossip and a sensationally enjoyable read. Harper Collins
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